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Arrowheadlines: Chiefs News 4/17

Happy weekend! Here's your daily dose of Kansas City Chiefs news. A lot of draft talk, as you might expect. Also, feel free to caption the photo.

Scott Pioli talked for 36 minutes Friday morning. From that conversation with the local media horde we can draw this definite information:

The Chiefs will draft somebody next week.

That’s it. Anyone who thought they would get more was sadly disappointed. Expecting Pioli to show his hand on a warm June day is unrealistic; it’s silliness to think he’s going to flash his cards a week before the 2010 NFL Draft.

Pioli Has Something To Say from Bob Gretz

The Chiefs also selected defensive lineman Alex Magee, cornerback Donald Washington, offensive lineman Colin Brown, wide receiver Quinten Lawrence, running back Javarris Williams and tight end Jake O’Connell.

All remain with the Chiefs, so the chance remains each could develop into a solid player. But only Magee and Washington appear to have a reasonable chance of making that happen.

"I still feel very good about the draft last year," Pioli said. "It’s one year later. I expect improvement from all of those players. We saw improvement from those players during the course of the season. We’re certainly seeing things that are very encouraging in the offseason program. Some of that has to do with those players and their expectations. They know what to expect now. When people have an idea of what to expect, it gives them an opportunity to perform better.

"We can already see the bodies on these young guys changing. We’re all expecting, and they’re expecting improvement from where they were last year."

Pioli offers thoughts on draft from KC Star

THE RIGHT 53? – He was a very good student at USF and has shown he’s dedicated to improving himself both mentally and physically. Coaches said it was like having a coach on the field, as Allen worked the defense and got players lined up in the right spots.

What he said – "I’m not perfect, but It feels good to know that the guys know I want to do everything right, on and off the field."

Draft Profile: Nate Allen from Bob Gretz

THE RIGHT 53? – This guy is tough; he suffered a dislocated shoulder in a pre-season scrimmage during his freshman season and played in every game, even when he twice displaced it during games. He had surgery after the season. Also suffered a concussion and did not miss a game. Now that’s tough and available.

What he said – "(I’m) someone who is going to put on a hard hat when it’s time to go to work. Most of all, a guy who has great character off the field and someone who is going to take the game seriously, respect it, and have great impact on the field."

Draft Profile: Arrelious Benn from Bob Gretz

THE RIGHT 53? – In July ‘09, police officers found Dixon intoxicated in his car, with two empty champagne bottles on the floorboard. He declined to take a field sobriety test or a breathalyzer according to the police report. Now, a college student pulled over for DUI after drinking a six-pack of Keystone Light is a problem, but not unusual. But, DUI thanks to a pair of champagne bottles? There are serious questions among NFL teams about Dixon and his character that go beyond the DUI arrest. Several times in his career he’s shown up for the Mississippi State pre-season camp seriously out of shape.

What he said – "I really think I am the total package, a complete player. I can run the ball pretty well, I can catch if they need me to, and I can block pretty good. I want them to see that I want to work hard."

Draft Profile: Anthony Dixon from Bob Gretz

THE RIGHT 53? – He’s from LSU and that puts him on the Chiefs radar immediately. Huge upside at safety and with the proper coaching he could be a game changer. He’s overcome a lot to get to this point, as his family was evacuated from New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

What he said – "I don’t want to be normal."

Draft Profile: Chad Jones from Bob Gretz

The Tri-Cities Fever added two more players this week, signing wide receiver Craig Turner and defensive end Ameer Ismail as the team prepares for a 3 p.m. game Sunday at the ShoWare Center in Kent...

...Ismail played at Western Michigan as a linebacker and had a cup of coffee in the Kansas City Chiefs' training camp before being released. He led the nation in 2006 with 17 sacks.

Fever adds 2 new players from The Tri-City Herald

The Class of 2009-10 includes former Wingate University men’s basketball player Lorinza "Junior" Harrington former Tusculum College standout football player Ricardo Colclough; former Lenoir-Rhyne University men’s basketball player Daniel Willis and former Elon University head football coach Jerry Tolley...

...Colclough was considered one of the nation’s top cornerbacks following his senior season. He was a second-round draft pick (the 38th pick overall) in the 2004 NFL Draft. Colclough became the highest-drafted player in SAC history. His six-year NFL career includes stints with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs. He has played in six NFL playoff contests, including Pittsburgh’s 21-10 victory over Seattle in Super Bowl XL

Wagram’s Harrington to join SAC Hall of Fame from The Laurinburg Exchange

POSSIBLE FIRST PICK: OL Trent Williams, S Eric Berry, OL Bryan Bulaga.

OUTLOOK: Pioli's first draft proved disappointing to fans who rhapsodized that their new GM was football's foremost personnel genius. Mr. Irrelevant, K Ryan Succop, has provided the biggest impact. But in all fairness to Bill Belichick's former sidekick, Pioli barely had time to locate the men's room, let alone organize his own scouting team. A big help identifying players this year should also be new coordinators Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel. They had better be. Gaping talent shortcomings exist at many positions. Pioli and his team badly need a breakthrough draft.

A capsule look at draft needs, outlooks for NFL teams from The Crescent-News

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Media and Fans

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